Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, recording artist and multi-instrumentalist Peter Graigs is a force to be reckoned with while on the fretboard of any guitar in his hands. Growing up in Canada and now re-located to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Peter Graigs grew up listening to the music that drove the ‘80’s: Rock, Progressive Rock, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. His musical heroes include iconic guitarists Randy Rhoads, Eric Clapton, Al Di Meola and legendary drummer Tommy Aldridge. Like many other rockers, he also listens to the occasional Classical piece for inspiration.
How did you first get in to music? Who turned you onto rock/metal?
From a little kid, I used to listen to all sorts of music and my father used to play the accordion and every time I watch him play I can feel the enjoyment he had. But music was everywhere in high school and most of my friends were musicians and it was time to learn how to play. The British invasion had lots to do. I fell in love with the hard rock genre and from there on rock was streaming in my veins ..
How did you become a guitarist? Are you proficient in any other instruments?
I was visiting one of my friends and while I was waiting I picked up his guitar and yes I should have asked permission LOL , I was fascinated and from that moment I wanted to own a guitar and I got a LesPaul a copy obviously with a burgundy color. And as years followed I learned how to play bass for a band I joined named Rated-R and changed to Wired and few years later I learned to play drums. ,
What was the local scene in Canada / Pennsylvania like in the beginning, was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?
When your young you just want to be like everyone else in the industry to fit in. Although my ideology came to an end after meeting with my all-time favorite guitar player Randy Rhoads with one advice that stuck with me till today “Be your self” The scene in Canada/USA and was great we were playing practically everywhere. I didn’t have any particular bands in favor as I was more focused on our originality and style..
Has there been times when drugs and alcohol were beneficial to the band?
Sad to say, yes the early days. But It came to a point enough was enough. I chose a career and found the strength to stay away and disciplined myself ..
How would you best describe your sound?
It is important to have your own sound and style as far as describing my sound I would leave it to the audience …
Is doing ticket pre-sales the same thing as pay to play?
I believe it is .. And with do all respect, my job is writing music and perform. I would rather pay a percentage to my agent.
What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once?
My first album I ever bought was Rod Stewart, and I have a collection of classical music which is very relaxing and of course some of the first bands I started learning from the early Iron Maiden, Rush, Ozzy but for decades I stopped buying music to avoid any influence in my writing.
DIY forever or signing with a label at first opportunity?
I like being independent but if a label would approach me It would be a great opportunity.
Whats the biggest show you have played so far and do you still get nervous before a gig?
I have played numerous venues indoors and outdoors with bands that needed a session musician which has got me from clubs and arenas … And yes I would lie if I would say that I am not nervous before a gig.
Is commercial rock radio dead?
No, not as of yet, but in my opinion the radio station is slowly loosing audience due the same rotation and same songs over and over compare to the internet which is at slow growth and you can find any old and new band and any song …
Favorite songs on the new album and why?
I don’t write music to like one more than the other I like them all, Every song is fun to play.
Out of all your songs which one touches you the most when you perform it?
To be honest when your audience are jamming with you the feeling is immense.
Are there any political or social issues hidden in your solo songs or Scars of Grace songs?
Anything political and religion I stay away.
What was the process of putting the songs in order?
I usually like to balance an album similar to making a set list for a live gig.
What endorsements do you have and what endorsements do you still want?
At this present time I haven’t applied for any endorsements. Eventually Ibanez guitars and basses would be in my interest and Daddario / Rotosound strings..
Bands you would love to tour with and musician or artist you would like to meet and interrogate?
I don’t have any particular band but with any band to tour is an experience to look forward ..
Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave?
“The Beginning Of The End” by Peter Graigs and for albums since I love classical this is my music of relaxation , Antonio Vivaldi, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart..
Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?
Respond to the past by giving your hundred percent in the present , create a future with goodness and real value.